Drama Recaps
Secret Garden: Episode 9
by | December 11, 2010 | 215 Comments

With our leads back to “normal,” Episode 9 turns back to the romantic developments and dials down the wacky, which I suppose is necessary though I’ll admit to missing the zany physical comedy of the past few episodes, because some of those body-switch bits were truly hysterical. True, they were sometimes played more for the laugh than for character consistency, but when that gives us Hyun Bin demonstrating how to wear a bra, or Ha Ji-won smirking like a smug rich bastard, I’m game to go along for the ride.


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Body switch! Ra-im does a dance of joy, and she and Joo-won confirm that they’re back to their original selves.

Joo-won holds up his handcuffs and asks her what she’s gonna do about it (pffft!), which I wish were half as kinky as it sounds. Ra-im responds with satisfaction, “Seeing that we were switched back in this type of situation, there really must be a God.” She throws his words back at him about leaving her sit in jail to suffer, and flounces out cheerily.

Joo-won is transferred to a jail cell, where he has to now contend with the consequences of having called his lawyer off the case back when he was Joo-wonda. Secretary Kim is baffled at his boss’s abrupt personality switch (again) and goes to call for help.

A snore from his cellmate draws Joo-won’s attention to the drunken man sleeping under a blanket… wearing clothes that cast a familiar sparkle.

Stunned to see HIS trademark look worn “so carelessly,” Joo-won tries to sneak a glimpse of a tag or a label, and asks the sleeping man where he bought these clothes. He gets no response, but the man rolls over, revealing the words stitched across the back: “Hyun Bin at the entrance.” He sleepily mumbles, “Come to… Secret Nightclub…” PFFFFT.

Joo-won falls back in horror to realize that his precious Italian tracksuit has been made into cheap knockoffs and is being worn by nightclub attendants as walking advertisements. (The message, combined with the guy’s sales pitch, means, “Come to Secret Nightclub and find the waiter Hyun Bin at the entrance.”)

Ra-im greets Ah-young enthusiastically at home, though her jaw drops to see the apartment transformed: Joo-won(ita) has upgraded the furnishings, decorating it with high-priced items and even installing a chandelier into the bedroom/living-room. The guy sure likes his things sparkly.

To the ladies, these are just nuisances that take up too much room. Ra-im is shocked to hear that she supposedly bought all this stuff, and says she’ll make sure to return them all.

Director Park is practically giddy as he informs Chairman Kim about Joo-won’s brush with the law, tsk-tsk-ing about the way he assaulted a VIP client. Grandpa wonders what has gotten into his grandson, but it’s his wife — the Madam Park so hated by Joo-won’s and Oska’s mothers — who speaks up. She chides Director Park (her brother), saying that it was right of Joo-won to step in to defend a woman who was being sexually harassed, and that puts an end to this conversation.

Innnnteresting. So the despised fourth wife and potential inheritance-grabber is actually a decent human being, and blocks her brother’s attempt to undermine her step-grandson?

With a few strings pulled, Joo-won is released from jail. He berates his secretary for not preparing the car or an umbrella, because there’s no way HE’s going out into the rain. Ra-Him’s thoughtfulness has lulled Secretary Kim into a false sense of security about his boss, and he cheerily offers his coat to hold over their heads.

Joo-won glowers and gives him his options: “Run into the rain. Buy a luxury umbrella. Or die.” Aw, poor eager-to-please Secretary Kim. And to think, if only Joo-won treated him right he could probably have his loyalty for life. (Well, he’s loyal right now, but that’s driven by fear; if the relationship were cultivated, I’d bet his secretary would take a bullet for him.)

Joo-won arrives at Ra-im’s place and has a brief, hilarious exchange with Ah-young. Since he has gotten to know her in their brief time as roommates, he talks to her in a familiar way, like he did when he was Joo-wonita. But coming out of his own mouth, his friendly words give Ah-young Other Ideas, especially since she already thinks he’s interested in her.

Ra-im has been considering Joo-won’s comment that she never thinks of things from his perspective, and now she apologizes for ditching him at the police station. She’d been so thrilled to be back to herself that she feared getting swapped again if she stuck nearby. (This raises an interesting potential conflict — Ra-im feels it’s best to stay away from each other, just so they don’t tempt the fates to swap ’em back.)

She asks him to take back everything he bought for the apartment, then apologizes for hitting the pervert, although she admits she’d do it again. Still, she’ll pay back the settlement fee.

Joo-won tells her he’s not here for his stuff, which begs the question, Then why?

Pulling her into a hug, Joo-won says, “I came to do this.”

He’s pleased with her decision to pay the settlement, as it demonstrates a responsible attitude, and tells her to come by the office tomorrow to settle the rest of their affairs.

After Oska’s team finds out that the leak of his plagiarized song came from Seul’s office, Tae-sun hangs around to find out whether they nabbed the culprit. Tae-sun (whom I’ve just realized is totally Jung Il-woo Lite) can read from Oska’s reaction that he must know the guilty party, but he points out that if Oska doesn’t produce a culprit, the issue can’t be resolved in the public’s eyes. Oska is resigned about the situation, and just tells Tae-sun to sleep over… since it’s raining. (Suuure.) Blame it on the rain. (Ye~ah, yeah.) Since we’re talking about plagiarism and all.

Despite what the tech guys said, Seul isn’t the culprit; at the moment, she is getting expert opinions on Oska’s song, which the producers judge to be a clear ripoff. But when they suggest that Oska may have known about the song’s origins, Seul is surprisingly vigorous in her defense, saying he’s not that kind of guy.

Joo-won finds that his home’s passcode has been changed, and when he reaches for his phone to call Ra-im, he realizes that they hadn’t swapped their phones back. Two things raise his hackles: her phone wallpaper is Oska’s face, and his own number is entered under the name “Crazy Mofo Kim.”

He calls to demand the new number, and Ra-im gets back at him by pulling the same stunt he pulled on her, pretending that the line is going dead. Serves you right, Mofo.

I love that Crazy Mofo’s immediate thought is that Ra-im changed the number to HER measurements, and he tries to approximate her body in his mind to guess that. (He guesses 32-27-32.)

Ra-im texts him a hint about a zodiac sign, which makes him think back to a comment she made to Oska. As he mutters, “If that’s it, you’re dead,” he enters what must be his cousin’s birthdate, 76-08-18.

At least that gets him inside. But as though that weren’t bad enough, Joo-won discovers with annoyance that he’s wearing… Oska socks.

Further humiliating is how Ra-Him had washed his boxers by hand and laid them out to dry, right out in the open. What, hand-stitching’s okay, but not hand-washing?

Ra-im exults to be back at home, and asks Ah-young cautiously if she’d done anything strange or untoward in the past few days. Ah-young glares at her with narrowed eyes, bursting out in indignation over all the things Joo-wonita had said and done to her, like forcing her to sleep on the floor after refusing to share the bed. Ra-im assures her friend that she doesn’t mean any of that stuff, but Ah-young settles down to sleep peevishly.

Intending to set the alarm clock, Ra-im takes out Joo-won’s phone, but finds to her surprise the photos he has saved of her.

By now it’s pretty clear that neither Seul nor Oska are over their breakup, so it isn’t such a surprise that he still keeps the engagement ring he’d offered her by his bed, which he takes out now as he remembers her hurtful rejection. And how, in Jeju, she had said they weren’t in love. And how she’d told him not to lie about acting to protect her, when he was really protecting himself.

Equally clear is that some big misunderstanding is keeping the pain bitter on both ends, because they both feel they were the hurt party. I don’t know; it almost feels like they’re both keeping themselves willfully in the dark because they both want to cling to their martyr complexes. I’d want to know for sure and move on, but I wonder if they’d both rather keep hating each other than confront the truth. Beats hating themselves?

Joo-won is pleased to announce to Oska that he is back to being himself now, and that he didn’t mean any of the nice stuff he’s done recently. Just in case big bro thought he was going soft.

This conversation is interrupted by the arrival of a text, from Ra-im to Oska. It’s a message of encouragement to cheer up, saying that his problems will work out, to which Oska sends a reply text. But curiously, the phone rings in Joo-won’s pocket. (Are we to ignore the fact that Ra-im wasn’t at her phone when she supposedly texted it? I suppose some fanwanking can explain that possibility of internet-based texting, but…)

In response, Joo-won can’t help mocking Oska for his socks — does he like the idea of his fans sweating all over his printed face? He adds that Ra-im only likes him as a casual fan: “If you ask her what celebrities she likes, you’re at the level where she’d take three seconds to think about it, then respond, ‘Os…ka?'”

The next day at the department store, the female employees gossip about how cool Joo-won was for punching the pervert VIP. Instantly he’s gone from abrasive boss to dreamboat, and Ah-young thinks knowingly to herself that perhaps his sudden change is prompted by “the power of love.”

So when he makes his morning entrance, the ladies eagerly line up… only to get the formerly cold, dismissive Joo-won instead. Ah-young in particular is disappointed, having anticipated that he’d look at her with some interest or affection. Or even just recognition.

Hearing that Joo-won is back to being cold, Director Park gnashes his teeth to unravel the hidden significance of this development. Is Joo-won messing with his mind somehow? What does this all MEAN? Well, I suppose it’s better to have your enemies barking up the wrong tree entirely, rather than guessing the truth.

Joo-won expects a mountain of paperwork to sign, but is told that he already took care of it. Grabbing open a folder, Joo-won sees in horror that Ra-im has signed his documents in her childish scrawl, replete with heart lettering. Joo-won berates Secretary Kim for not stopping him, and gets back the response that he had initially found it odd, but figured that Joo-won had just changed to a “pretty” new signature. Lol.

This also complicates matters with an upcoming Christmas event, which Director Park proposed and Ra-Him authorized. It’s a couples event awarding a prize if it snows on Christmas, but Joo-won counters that the promotion is only going to alienate the singles who’d rather be part of a couple. He changes a few details (like changing snow to rain, because rain is rarer on Christmas and therefore the prize bound to be harder to attain and therefore more desirable and blah blah blah), instructing Director Park to get busy with revisions.

Oska storms in to Seul’s office to confront her about leaking his plagiarized song online. She argues that she’s not that low, but he counters that she is — she’s low enough to betray him and then travel abroad with the guy he hated most, and low enough to plan on marrying his cousin to piss him off.

Seul is hurt to realize that he hasn’t come to ask if she did it; he’s already decided she’s guilty. Telling him that he won’t believe her anyway, she adds that he believed others over her in the past as well. Oska requests earnestly that they never see each other again, and leaves the office in a daze of hurt, while Seul breaks down in her office alone.

One of Seul’s employees realizes that the leak came from her co-worker, who’d inadvertently downloaded a video using Seul’s computer. It was a peer-to-peer sharing site, and she hadn’t realized that Oska’s new song was uploadable. Oops. Scared for themselves, they swear to keep this between them.

Ra-im literally bounces her way into the action school, thrilled to be back at work. The stunt guys are confused, since it was just the other day that she so haughtily declared she was done with this lifestyle, and that she must really have chosen to do physical work because she was too dumb for mental work.

Ra-im assures them that she doesn’t mean that, and bounds off to see Jong-soo, who poses for his requisite topless scene. All hunky guys do their brooding in the shower, don’tcha know?

Recalling how Ra-im (technically Joo-wonina) told him never to confess his feelings for her, he’s wary, although she seems as friendly and warm as before. She announces that she’s back, and that she won’t be acting strange anymore.

She also thanks him for the movie script and vows to work hard preparing for the stunts and filming a demo video. She confuses him a bit when she declares the English difficult, because he found hers surprisingly good, but she chalks it up to “momentary insanity.” Hee.

Joo-won’s sour-faced mother, still as nosy and meddling as ever, hires someone to follow Ra-im around, and looks over the most recent batch of photos. They’re from her (Joo-wanda’s) shopping spree for apartment furnishings, which even snooty mom understands is out of character for a stuntwoman. She orders her man to find out everything about her background and family.

More family meddling comes in the form of Hee-won, Joo-won’s younger sister, who arrives at the action school looking for Ra-im. The first person she talks to is Jong-soo, whom she eyes with some interest and even goes so far as to ask if he’s married. What, a consolation prize for Jong-soo already? He hasn’t even fought for Ra-im yet!

The women step out for a chat, where Hee-won asks Ra-im some questions about herself, then gets distracted by mention of Jong-soo. She’s thrilled to hear he’s a director (much more impressive than stuntman!), and you can practically hear her planning out her wedded bliss already.

Hee-won is curious about Ra-im’s relationship to Joo-won and Oska; at Ra-im’s blanket denial of any involvement, she wonders why Ra-im accepted her mother’s payoff, then. She heard Ra-im spent it all in one day, too. Hee-won describes herself as the “most normal” in her family — which, admittedly, isn’t much of a statement given her competition — and is here to tip Ra-im off about being investigated by her mother.

So when Ra-im meets Joo-won to swap phones back, she gives him a swift kick in the leg for good measure when he shows no qualms for having taken the money from Mummy Dearest. She’s mortified because taking the money strips her of her ability to stand on her pride, which she clings to in the absence of all else. But Joo-won replies that he’d hoped she’d win — that she’d show his mother that she’s a force to be reckoned with.

In fact, he sees it as fortunate that he was there to meet his mother instead of her, because Ra-im would’ve just bowed meekly and spewed a litany of apologies: “Whether you accept that money or not, the result would have been the same. We would have kept seeing each other.”

On the contrary, Ra-im declares that she never wants to see him again and vows to return the money to his mother, replete with apology and an assurance that they’re nothing to each other.

Furthermore, she’s been thinking over Joo-won’s comment about the Little Mermaid, and she has decided that she has no right to this whole comparison/scenario: “Because the Little Mermaid loved her man.” Implication: And I don’t love you.

It’s a pretty effective shutdown, and she turns to go, leaving Joo-won staring after her in shock and hurt. He comes chasing her into the hallway, and stops the elevator doors just as they’re closing.

He makes an attempt to step inside, but with his claustrophobia he can’t, and he orders her out instead. Ra-im shuts the door.

Joo-won beelines for the stairway and runs all the way to the ground level, where he looks around the department store for a sign of her. She’s gone.

At home, Ra-im packs up all of Joo-wonda’s expensive purchases, and only now sees that Joo-won has vandalized her Oska calendar (and Oska posters) by drawing all over his face. At least she gets him back (sorta), as Joo-won finds when he gets home:

Joo-won finds a map of his compound, which has been decorated with hearts surrounding Oska’s house; his own is marked by a skull and crossbones. On top of that, Ra-im has noted particular spots where she can steal glimpses of Oska without being seen.

Oska’s plagiarism controversy hits the newspapers, and in an attempt to mitigate the damage, his manager wants to organize his comeback. Oska balks, saying that it’ll just increase the noise around them, but he’s swayed when his manager insists that they’re going to be SOL if they don’t resume activities now.

So, Oska reluctantly gets to work promoting his next single, and I only regret not having this awesome pic for the best perm category in the Beanie Awards.

As predicted, his public appearances offer plenty of chances for the press to mob him and prod about the plagiarism scandal, which he tries to ignore. After one TV program performance, he spots Ra-im watching the scene from a distance, and they end up chatting at a cafe.

Ra-im wishes him luck on his comeback and compliments his performance. She says that since his fans are hanging in there, he should do the same. Then she comments in an inadvertently backhanded manner that Oska fans are pretty good at weathering negative situations, which implies that he’s always getting into trouble.

He wonders what she means by that, and she references all his “scandals with women.” He jokes, “Isn’t that better than scandals with men?” Are we foreshadowing?

Oska drives Seul home, and Ra-im tentatively asks a parting question about Seul. She doesn’t know what’s up with them, but she knows there’s something, given how he left her on the road that day. She says gently, “I know it’s not something I should butt into, but a man who makes a woman cry is a mean person.”

Oska sighs that despite his age (35), he still feels like a 10-year-old, and wonders why he’s still such a child. Her answer cheers him up; she says that real kids are always insisting they’re older.

That makes him smile, and he compliments her, saying she’s way cooler than he’d thought. It makes her smile bashfully and tap her toe on the ground… just as a third voice sounds:

“What a pretty picture.” It’s Joo-won, of course.

Wearing a brand-spankin’-new, magenta-and-black-lace-patterned tracksuit. I DIE.

Le tracksuit est mort, vive le tracksuit!


With the body-swapping antics out of the way, this episode opens the door for some emotional developments… but I don’t think it really goes there. Hyun Bin and Ha Ji-won are totally selling their characters and their chemistry is sparking like crazy, which makes their interactions a whole lotta fun to watch, but this episode seems sort of like more of the same, doesn’t it? He accuses her of not thinking of him, she accuses him of being a jackass, he actually IS a jackass, and lather-rinse-repeat. Director Park seethes behind the scenes and plot’s Joo-won’s demise, but doesn’t actually do anything other than jump to conclusions. Jong-soo broods.

On the upside, even when the plot treads water for a bit, a drama that is as strong as this one in witty dialogue and comic moments is still entirely engaging to watch, thanks to its sense of humor, high production values, strong acting, etc. I don’t mind that much that I’m not getting emotional depth in these recent episodes, although it would be nice — I mean, I don’t begrudge 30 Rock for not being heart-tugging. But I suspect this drama wants us to be a lot more invested than we are/I am. If we’re going to go there, I hope we can start getting there, already. Perhaps it’s time to up the narrative ante.

The one really nice moment was the expression on Joo-won’s face after Ra-im makes her Little Mermaid comment, when he seems not only stunned at the what she’s telling him but actually on the cusp of making a breakthrough, of realizing what where she’s coming from. It’s a great little beat that Hyun Bin plays so well, and I’d love to see more like that.

Oh god, did I just ask for more angst? But no, I don’t want Fate jerking us around for the hell of it, or outlandish villains swooping in to trip up our heroes. Just some emotional stakes. If we could have more plot than mere “Will they or won’t they?” back-and-forth, that would be dandy.


215 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Archaenon

    This is probably one of my favorite espisodes, I need to watch it again actually.

    • 1.1 paper

      OMG same here πŸ˜€
      I loved this episode :3


      • 1.1.1 deekutudrama

        Yes, and maybe this time he makes sure that he has bought all the fabric rolls, so NO ONE will copycat his style. πŸ™‚

        God, I love him. Maybe if Gu Jun Pyo never meets Jandi, he will become Joo Won.

        • noi

          Maybe if Gu Jun Pyo never meets Jandi, he will become Joo Won.
          — lol! xD

        • izzie

          “Maybe if Gu Jun Pyo never meets Jandi, he will become Joo Won.”

          – curly hair + sparkly tracksuit? he would need major ‘tude to pull that look off! πŸ˜€

    • 1.2 Alexa

      I especially adore Joo Won’s new tracksuit!!! LOL

      • 1.2.1 Jane

        I was thinking it is kind of awesomely bad and, if nothing else, an improvement on the blue sparkles…

        • izzie

          oh please, let me not dream about those tracksuits! πŸ™

      • 1.2.2 carshii

        i wonder if there will be a joo-won effect- increase tracksuit sales in korea.. haha

        it looks comfortable tho.. haha i dont mind sporting that! πŸ˜‰

        • Chris

          I’m searching for one already. I’ll let you know when there’s a sighting. πŸ™‚

        • rayray

          kekeke thats exactly what I m thinking! I wouldnt mind wearing the blue sparkly one πŸ˜€

      • 1.2.3 Jomo

        What about his suit with the words on the back?
        Drunkard Dream
        Rock Steady

        Did I make that up? You can clearly see it when he is outside the elevator.
        Is this normal for suits, or is it a jokie reference to the the night club ad on the sparkly track suit?

        • WitchyMage

          I remember seeing a similar font type on the back of a suit in My Girlfriend is a Gumiho that Dong-joo (Noh Min-woo) wore. So perhaps its a trademark part of a brand?

          Oh, the newest magenta with black lace tracksuit just cracks me up. I’m loving it.

        • Nana

          I want to believe that it is a jokie reference to the night club ad.

        • Bengal

          I really want to get to the bottom of this too… if someone could explain to me all these back-of-the-shirt references please… i’m pretty sure that the writer put it in there for a reason… I applaud the fashion investment that this show has displayed… totally remarkable attention to details… and did anyone notice… but when Ra-im came home you can see the “vacuum” prize at the doorway… so she is putting it to good use!

          • Bengal

            Oh… about the attention to details… I noticed that after Ra-im shut him off with the mermaid story and went into the elevator, the sign clearly says “2” as in level 2… and yet Joo-won had to run down a flight of like 10 stairs just to get to the bottom… OOPS! or if a die-hard fan can come up with a reason somehow… please tell

    • 1.3 dian_drina

      Joo Won and his tracksuits = <3

      • 1.3.1 marypeg

        I literally shouted ‘oh my god!’ when I saw his new tracksuit. Love it!

    • 1.4 dian_drina

      Lucky you have already watched it twice….

      I envy you!

      BTW, thanks to JB for the awesome recap (as always:D)

      I haven’t watched the entire episode of this drama yet (I blame the internet provider here that so expensive yet so dull and slow, tiring and frustrating to stream the video here… I cried my heart out!) but it’s already hooked me, very captivating… ten thumbs up!

  2. mastille

    YAYYY I started watching this raw and it looks great – all the rain scenes! Just refreshed and saw this so I just had to comment =D Thanks!!!

  3. xiaoSxin

    Just watched it.. Binnie and Ha Ji Won is still the best thing about this drama. oh.. and their OST too… ^^

  4. dana

    Thanks, i was anxious to read this.

  5. felipuff

    I have been stalking the site for hours waiting for the post. Thank you!!! It’s also the first time i’ve stalked the site so religiously just to read a recap and now i’m very amused by myself. I love this episode! Thanks once again for the recap!

    • 5.1 Sada

      Amen! I’ve been stalking both this site and dramacrazy.net… Can’t wait for episode 9!

  6. soyachan

    Thank you for the recaps. I kind of feel sorry for Joo-won, but he deserve to get hurt to make him be a better man. I don’t see his future with Ra-im if he still just loves her, but he can’t accept everything about her.

    • 6.1 Ojou_Belle

      Yeah, agree that sometimes love needs something else

      to make the relationship work. Although, I think both

      parties need some adjusting, not just Joo Won.

  7. muggledor^^

    I’ve been waiting for this the whole morning!!!


  8. YE

    I am absolutely crazy over this drama.. how can it moves so fast in the beginning just to stay put to have the angst that is so funny, i had to stop myself to read thro previews *and thoughts from everyone to view this Ep in raw to fully appreciate Binnie & HJW & to scream at the HUG scene as well as the lacy thing in a tracksuit.. a very awesome drama & super addictive OST

  9. belleza

    Can’t lie . . . Binnie in handcuffs is kinda hot. πŸ˜‰

    • 9.1 izzie

      i wonder how Binnie in handcuff and *cough! cough!* sparkly tracksuit would make everyone feel. πŸ˜›

  10. 10 emily

    Yay! Finally it’s here! πŸ˜€

  11. 11 celestialorigin

    Thank you,JB! I’ve been waiting for this recap all day long. Now, some things I was puzzled without subs are clarified.

  12. 12 YC

    I’ve been waiting for this review. I’m pretty glad that they switched their souls back because I can’t bear seeing Hyun Bin acting so girlish. For example, smiling when he/she accidentally touched Oska’s lips.

    I think that the fact that they changed soul without learning any “lessons” will instead build this show into a much more hilarious one as they bicker with one another once again.


  13. 13 alex

    yay!! i’ve been stalking DB for this.. I know i wasn’t gonna wait long.. love love love!!

  14. 14 zj

    yay finally the recap is out! i’ve been waiting too! even though the show is not moving plot-wise, i’m still LOVING the interaction betw Ra Im and Joo Won :))

  15. 15 John

    Joo-Won is stepping his tracksuit game up.

    • 15.1 teapot

      Or down…
      Really, its a matter of perspective πŸ˜‰

  16. 16 eatnsnooze

    At first I thought maybe Ra-Im (as JW) had donated the tractsuit to the homeless, thus the guy in jail wearing it.

    But if they decided to make generic ones, it means someone else (besides JW) also thought it was fashionable. What are the chances of that? j/k

    • 16.1 jeezvive

      same here! i thought as Joo-wonda, getting revenge on Ra-Him, she donated that blue sparkly tracksuit to some random guy. guess not… πŸ˜€

      so, JW’s Italian handstitched tracksuit it not as exclusive as he thought, having a nightclub use it as uniform for its personnel

  17. 17 kpopfan

    Does every Korean drama have that requisite shower scene? I just had to laugh when they added that in.

    • 17.1 crazyunnie

      Its a Kdrama trademark. All kdramas guaruntee viewers at least one scene with a guy shirtless. (Not that I mind) lol. ^^

      • 17.1.1 Ojou_Belle

        Don’t forget the required piggy back ride, too.

        Although, I haven’t seen one in SG yet…

        just JW carrying RI to the hospital princess style!

      • 17.1.2 kitsune88

        true true. i kid you not, just last episode i was thinking that there hadn’t been the required hot guy in the shower scene and poof…here it is.

      • 17.1.3 izzie

        “Its a Kdrama trademark. All kdramas guaruntee viewers AT LEAST ONE SCENE with a guy shirtless.”

        does this mean, there’s a possibility for more guy-in-shower scenes?

        oh! who do we want to see next? πŸ˜€ *takes out the loofah and the shower gel*

        • tweetpandora

          All hunky guys do their brooding in the shower, don’tcha know?

          Thanks so much for this recap and comments, I laughed so hard!

          Can’t wait for the english subs

    • 17.2 rayray

      hahaha not only that but they have to always shower ‘and’ stare into their mirror reflection! kekeke

      • 17.2.1 izzie

        you mean, the steam-covered-mirror that the guy-in-shower wipes with his hands to see his reflection? πŸ˜€

        • dian

          and said to themselves in the mirror,”I’m wet and super hot!”

        • rayray

          heeheehee exactly!!! πŸ˜€

          • izzie

            steamy. Jong-soo. in shower. (faints) X)

  18. 18 chyrae

    just how many of those tracksuits does he have??? the leopard-print one just won’t fade from my mind…

    i love how this drama makes me constantly pause, ogle, play, and rewind. i agree that i’m not feeling as emotionally invested as i’d love to be, but it doesn’t really bother me right now; i’m having too much fun watching these two! hyun bin is an awesome awesome actor! πŸ˜€

  19. 19 ohemgee

    i want more tracksuits. and i’m not even kidding. next up: pompoms, glitter, and studs.

    • 19.1 dian

      YAY… since when tracksuit can be so exciting like this?

      Hyun Bin’s effect can be such an eye-bursting thing!

      LOng Live Binnie!!! <3

  20. 20 emily

    LOL I love how the tracksuits just keep popping up! And new designs too! I wonder where it’s from now, ^^

    • 20.1 Nom_Kitteh

      I know, right? And they get exponentially more horrid in their color and pattern combinations. There must be an inside joke here somewhere — it’s too funny.

      • 20.1.1 jadetaia

        you know, even though we all joke and sigh whenever joo won appears with another horrendous tracksuit, i REALLY want to know how korean tracksuit sales are doing right now …

        • loveisouchO.O

          (preferably handmade, stitch by stitch. )

  21. 21 sara

    after this kissing, I think I wish I could vote again! this drama is really amusing :D!

  22. 22 kimchi216

    as far as the text sending fiasco, i’m not sure about american phones but in korea you can change the number of the sender. which is why alot of kids send joke texts to each other confessing their undying love for someone disguised as someone else πŸ™‚

    as for my favorite scene it has to be the little mermaid one πŸ™ sadness but he had it coming… and that elevator scene was mad deja vu to some samsoon scenes.

    • 22.1 izzie

      “as far as the text sending fiasco, i’m not sure about american phones but in korea you can change the number of the sender.”

      but can one use a number that’s already in use by another subscriber? that’s dangerous, if you’d ask me.

      lawmakers have been debating about putting control on prepaid accounts because these can be (in fact, they already are) used in criminal acts and/or dissemination of malicious information.

    • 22.2 sleeplessinwgtn

      Now that you mentioned it, yes, the lift scene is a deja vu from MNIKSS. Gosh, they do reuse ideas but most welcome, esp. if it’s to do with the same actor.

    • 22.3 pastmidnite

      some time ago there’s this kind of internet-based texting service that allows us to send text messages via the site (after signing in, of course, with our cell phone number) and the msg will apear in the receiver’s phone as if it came from our phone. and the reply will go to our phone, not the site… so…

      maybe ra im used a similar kind of texting service?

      oh, and i second you on the samsoon de ja vu! makes me wants to rewatch MNIKSS again… for the upteenth time πŸ™‚

  23. 23 Nom_Kitteh

    I loved this episode, even though it WAS lather-rinse-repeat, as you put it! I felt out of sorts during the body swap, and am so glad to have the two back to their old dynamics.

    I am still perplexed by the body swap; it seems to have had no effect on the story. I was expecting KeyLime/RaIm to be more sympathetic to JW, maybe be a bit softer after discovering that he had bought those clothes and had fished out the motorcycle key, but nah, nothing changed. It’s clear that JW has liked RI a lot since the beginning, so again, while the body swap allowed him more opportunities to learn about himself and RI, that learning could have happened without the swap. Well, mommy buying off girls is something new he learned, but he knows that his family is despicable anyway, so is that really a revelation?

    Anyway, all the above is by way of saying that I’m loving this drama. Those beats and pauses that these masterful actors offer are just great.

    The hug scene is so beautiful. I wish RI had hugged the boy back a bit–just a bit. When is she going to start having some feelings for him, dammit? Good lord, woman, it’s Hyun Bin in front of you. (LOL)

    I must say that the tension between Oska and Emo Boy is out of this world. *cough*needguesthousesexscene*cough*

    • 23.1 Archaenon

      I am so glad that I’m not the only one who though everyone kept saying Key Lime.

      Thought I was a bit nuts.

  24. 24 Amber's Cube

    So excited to read..thanks JB

  25. 25 Pansy

    Ive been checking for this the last 4 hours! LOVE!

  26. 26 Ladymoonstone143

    Thanks Javabeans…this episode is just making me so excited I can’t sleep…lol

    I watched the raw episode and there are so many unforgettable scenes that I keep on repeating it.

    Meow on the new tracksuit. I don’t know what it is, but Binnie is just pure hotness with that tracksuit especially if he pulls the collar just below his lips…

    Can’t wait for tomorrow…:)

    • 26.1 Jomo

      I know!!
      The focus is shifted to just his eyes, and, man, he manages to put so much emotion in them.
      Maybe because it makes him look so vulnerable.

  27. 27 Anonymous

    I am happy that they finally swapped back again. The soul swapping thing is hilarious at times but it gets old after some time.

    For me, the most significant thing that happens this episode is the mermaid comment that Ra-Im throws back at Joo-Won. The mermaid story has been bugging me since episode 5 so I am glad that they finally address it. They really need to clear this point up, otherwise I can’t see how their relationship is going to develop in a satisfactory manner.

    Ra-Im’s pride and self-respect will never allow her to be anybody’s mistress. Joo-Won need to realize that as well, that Ra-Im is not his plaything to use and discard as he please. In a sense they have reached a crossroad in their relationship. Joo-Won better get serious and think about where their relationship is heading or give up now and they goes their separate ways. I will be disappointed if Joo-Won persists in his stupid mermaid theory.

  28. 28 Memei

    Oh, Ha Ji Won! You are great as always. Her character in Bali was a bit like Ra-Im: She doesn’t show any affections for the rude and rich guy until the end. Fabulous.

    • 28.1 iris

      Yeah ur right! but I don’t want history to repeat itself..
      Is she gonna die too in this? And then only we’re going to get a 5 minutes-to-end confession?

      Nooooo…. the nightmare! Once is enough pls

  29. 29 Alexis

    I nv thought I would say this.. but I am looking forward to all of JooWon’s tracksuits that are hiding in his closet!! The latest one is a killer!

  30. 30 woolly

    yay, YAY! Thank you! πŸ˜€

  31. 31 luraaa

    Thanks for the recaps!

    If you didn’t comment on Joo won’s new tracksuit, I wouldn’t have noticed it. I saw the raw episode a while ago and I completely ignored it. Probably because I’m so used to seeing him wearing clothes like these that I don’t wonder anymore. Which really means: I’m starting to invest on these characters. Ugh. I don’t want to be let down by the writing.

  32. 32 PickmePICKME

    Gosh, I feel like I just had my fix!!!! Heheh I refreshed this page like crazy after it hit 1am. heheh Love that Joo-won is back. I love his manly self. Aww I like the oska and seul thing, I love that the second leads are so involved with each other and its not the oh-i-didn’t-get-the-first-lead-so-i-just-realize-i’m-in-love-with-the-second-lead. hahah i tell yah, I hope seul just comes out and talks to oska cuz i like her and him together. hehe and aww Jong-soo be getting a girl. Christmas miracles? heheh

  33. 33 an22

    yey! been stalking this syt!! tnx for the recaps!!

  34. 34 crazyunnie

    I loved this episode. As usual. I didn’t really get much out of it plot-wise, though. Other than the usual bickering, small amount of plot advancements, and comedy, there was nothing else.
    Oh, I do love Oska + Tae sun πŸ™‚ That rain excuse was the dumbest thing I’ve heard in ages. Really? Rain?! haha. Riiiiigght… I love the foreshadowing comment too.
    And the tracksuit(s) that cannot die! omg! This might make crazy tracksuits some kind of trend in Korea! haha.

  35. 35 Yiya

    My heart shattered into a million pieces during that whole office-elevator scene between Joo-won and Ra-im. When he tried to get in the elevator and couldn’t? Such pain. I honestly loved this episode, if only for those beautifully sad moments.

  36. 36 min

    for the sms / text received by oska when JW was standing in front of him, having RI’s handphone in his pocket, i read elsewhere that Korea handphone has this feature of sending sms / text with the sender’s number modified.

    that is why RI can send sms / text to oska from another handphone but when oska return sms / text, it goes to RI’s handphone.

    tried on my samsung handphone, it doesnt has this feature…

    • 36.1 Anonymous

      Correct. Mobile phones used in Korea allows you to modify the sender’s number.

  37. 37 Sarah

    So I’m thinking you understand Hangul? Cause i can’t find the english subbed version anywhere!

  38. 38 Tama

    Seriously, with all the tracksuit love, isn’t anyone else going to mention that suit? It looked like a perfectly good suit until Binnie turned around and there was this… embroidery? embossing? applique? …stuff across his shoulders reading “Drunkard’s Dream Rock Steady” Buh? Does that mean something? Is it supposed to mean something? It was like they’d tattooed the suit so he could wear it to a rich guys motorcycle club or something. I can’t stop thinking about it!

    Also, thanks for the recap, javabeans. You made my night!

    • 38.1 Yiya

      Oh that blazer… I want.

    • 38.2 zj

      so ugly! i know! clothes-makers in Asia (Im in Singapore) love to put shitty English-like words on random jackets

      • 38.2.1 asianromance

        but having it on a suit jacket seems super weird to me. and it’s also on the waistcoat he wears underneath the jacket…

  39. 39 skyyy

    …why am I up at 4 in the morning refreshing the page instead of studying for finals? oh right. SG.

  40. 40 Pigshallfly

    Le tracksuit est mort, vive le tracksuit!
    hahaha xDD

    Seriously this drama is going nowhere & i don’t care! Usually it’s all about the story for me & character development is something I need to see.. but with this drama Im content to see joo won & ra-im and joo won as ra im & ra im as joo won (and all the other shenanigans) foreverrrr (with a little dash of tracksuit) πŸ˜›
    Dramas these days are really upping their characters though refusing to take them ANYWHERE (take Mary for eg.) #_#

  41. 41 wikeee

    another purple sparkling tracksuit???
    hahaha.. wondering how many of tracksuit are in his closet??

  42. 42 oftheshore

    Right, so Ra-im *will* be working on Dark Blood – I wonder if this is why we’ll need that second switch (although Jong-soo would probably be really annoyed because of Ra-im changing her mind…again!). Oh well, at least this would make more sense to me than a random terminal illness…

  43. 43 mΓΌge

    I felt that that episode was a transition for showing characters real life again. and again, we could watch the amazing and perfect match (fire) whenever we saw RI-JW together.
    as an addicted to Secret Garden, I’m too biased about it. I don’t care what happnes if I can see my beloved my couple together and also the drama never makes someone bored even though we couldn’t still see a real confession or something like that. but as far as I heard, today’s episode will be awesome πŸ˜‰
    one more thing, I read the possibility of Oska-Tae sun coupling and personally I’d really love to see that. for some reasons, I think they will be better couple than oska-seul.
    anyway, Secret Garden is the best best best of 2010^^

    • 43.1 dramalover2012

      me too! πŸ™‚ i agree with what you said!

  44. 44 Kuging

    omg thanks jv for a wonderful recap! been waiting for the recap like forever.as always.

    your comment on the new tracksuit is hilarious!

    his pride would not allowed him that his ‘italian hand-made tracksuit’ has been cloned so he thought hed purchase a new tracksuit. thats sooo joo woon. Brilliant.

    Gone the sparkling and black-laced patterned tracksuit for the WIN!! tho, im going to miss that tracksuit.

  45. 45 Kuging

    omg thanks jv for a wonderful recap! been waiting for the recap like forever.as always.

    your comment on the new tracksuit is hilarious!

    his pride would not allowed him that his ‘italian hand-made tracksuit’ has been cloned so he thought hed purchase a new tracksuit. thats sooo joo woon. Brilliant.

    Gone the sparkling and black-laced patterned tracksuit for the WIN!! tho, im going to miss that tracksuit.

  46. 46 Kuging

    omg thanks jv for a wonderful recap! been waiting for the recap like forever.as always.

    your comment on the new tracksuit is hilarious!

    his pride would not allowed him that his ‘italian hand-made tracksuit’ has been cloned so he thought hed purchase a new tracksuit. thats sooo joo woon. Brilliant.

    Gone the sparkling and black-laced patterned tracksuit for the WIN!!

    tho, im going to miss that sparkling spakle tracksuit.

    • 46.1 Kuging

      shet. triple post soory!

  47. 47 dramalover2012

    haha…ive been stalking dramabeans ever since ep 9 was released on tudou.com (a chinese website that includes the subs in chinese)…

    although i can read/understand the chinese subs, but its always interesting to get a diff perspective of SG from dramabeans, bc the commentaries are just soo hilarious!

    this ep was great! well, every ep is great! my heart literally stopped beating when hyun bin hugged ji-won! haha….

    i cant wait for the next ep!!!

    SG fighting!

  48. 48 Katey B

    Thanks for the recap JB.

    Thinking a Ra-im and Oska relationship development wouldn’t look strange if we can get rid of Seul…I for one wouldn’t mind her tripping up over her English and falling into an abyss.

    That would leave Joo-won for…hmmm…could I get written into this drama(?!) Oh dear! I’ve fallen in lust with Hyun Bin again…what a sad situation….not!

    • 48.1 Katey B

      Having watched the subbed version I feel some sympathy for Seul as she a) stood up for Oska in the studio and b) didn’t do the dirty on him with the uploaded track. Don’t want to give her Oska though as as he put it she’s done him a lot of harm in other ways and is still trying to do so…

      Wouldn’t it be great if Joo-won’s Mum got with Mr. Park. They’re both wacko so I think it’s a good pairing-2 negatives could make a positive, right? The only thing is I don’t wish Mr. Park on Joo-won (or anyone for that matter) as a step-dad even if he was to become ‘normal’.

      The person who thought of the ugly tracksuits is a genius. Every time I see Joo-won in one I crack up. And to think real people really want these-fabulous!

  49. 49 tachan

    Thanks for the recaps JB. I must say that JW’s taste for flashy tracksuit is really –__–“‘…….

  50. 50 Atsirk

    “Wearing a brand-spankin’-new, magenta-and-black-lace-patterned tracksuit. I DIE.”

    I died after reading this comment πŸ˜€
    Thanks, JB πŸ˜€

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